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Can the Commons Save Civilization?

(Keynote)
5-6 PM Live on YouTube and Facebook

As we enter a turbulent era of change, it is good to look back at human history, as many individual civilizations and societies have faced this kind of disintegration

2020 seems like a pivot year for the acceleration of the disintegration of our current civilizational model which has not been able to live within its planetary boundaries. As we enter a turbulent era of change, it is good to look back at human history, as many individual civilizations and societies have faced this kind of disintegration multiple times, having to enter in regenerative modalities before they could restart again. The key human institutions that has been able to protect natural resources and the living planet over the long term, while healing overstretched competitive societies, has been the commons. In this presentation, we look at the form that the commons take in our current era of emerging global-local open collaborative networks. Can peer to peer commons save human civilization, and if so, how will they transform market and state functions?

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the P2P Foundation and also research director of the platform CommonsTransition.org.   He has (co-)published various books and reports in English, Dutch and French, such as ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’, and more recently, P2P, A Commons Manifesto (Westminster Un. Pr. 2019). In 2017, Michel has crafted a Commons Transition Plan for the city of Ghent in Belgium, after a similar project for Ecuador in 2014. He is currently also adviser to SMart.coop, seeking welfare reform (commonfare), while looking into biocapacity-based, contributive accounting mechanisms. His last report, P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival, examines which shared accounting systems are needed for production within planetary boundaries. He is currently working on prototyping a MOOC on commons-based economics.

On September 11th at 17:15 CET, you can watch the lecture on our Economia Festival YouTube channel and Baltan Laboratories Facebook Page, where the videos will remain accessible afterwards.

In addition to watching his lecture, there is the opportunity to join the conversation in a live Q&A with Michel. If you want to join this Q&A, please register via info@baltanlaboratories.org. The zoom room will be open from 16:45 on, at 17:00 we will start with an introduction.

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